HFA Interviews

From time to time, HFA conducts interviews with experts in the fields of health, hospice, dying, and bereavement. These interviews serve as a supplemental informational resource by offering an extensive look into specific, timely subjects.

These interviews can be found below.

For more information, contact Lisa Veglahn.

Gloria Thomas Anderson, MSW
Author of The African-American Spiritual and Ethical Guide to End-of-Life Care.

Pamela Bennett, Executive Director of Healthcare Alliance Development for Purdue Pharma L.P.
Ms. Bennett develops and manages relationships with patient advocacy and professional associations and is responsible for a number of educational initiatives addressing proper pain management and the public health issue of prescription drug abuse.

Kelly Bruno, Vice President of Intergenerational Programming ONEgeneration
Ms. Bruno describes ONEgeneration Daycare, a program that provides day care services for both seniors with memory impairment (primarily Alzheimer's) and children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Each day, the children come together with their "neighbors" (the seniors) seven times a day for structured activities. 

Jennifer Carlson, RN, CHPN, Director of Operations, Amedisys Hospice Services of Sweetwater (TN)
Ms. Carlson discusses the challenges of serving a rural hospice population, and the role spirituality plays in her community and in providing hospice care.

Philip Carpenter, MDiv, Former Program Office & Bereavement Specialist, HFA
HFA's former bereavement specialist discusses how he became interested in end-of-life care and his work in the hospice field. 

Vince Chiles, LCSW, hospice supervisor for Covenant Home Care
Mr. Chiles talks about overcoming the barriers to accepting hospice care, and how hospice professionals can support families through the dying process.

Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers
Dr. Clark dicusses some of NASW's initiatives in palliative and end-of-life care.

Margaret Clausen, Executive Director, California Hospice and Palliative Care Assn (CHAPCA), and President and CEO, California Hospice Foundation
Ms. Clausen discusses how hospices in California have coped during the fires of Fall 2007. She also talks about other issues facing members of CHAPCA, the partnerships they are forming to address these challenges, and the opportunities that lie ahead.

Bill Colby, author of Long Goodbye: The Deaths of Nancy Cruzan
Mr. Colby, the lawyer who represented the Cruzan family in the first so-called right-to-die case ever heard by the United States Supreme Court, discusses the impact this case has had on society and end-of-life issues.

Yvette Colón, MSW, ACSW, BCD,Director of Education and Internet Services, American Pain Foundation (APF)
In this interview, Ms. Colón discusses  the barriers to ensuring good pain management, especially at the end of life.

Yvette Colón, MSW, ACSW, BCD, Director of Education and Internet Services, American Pain Foundation (APF)
Ms. Colón talks about professional roles and the personal loss of her mother to pancreatic cancer.

Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., M.Div., Bereavement Consultant to Hospice Foundation of America
Dr. Doka discusses how acknowledging grief and bereavement has become part of our culture, and what else needs to be done to further this development.

Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., M.Div., Bereavement Consultant to Hospice Foundation of America
Dr. Doka discusses the topic of the 2007 Annual Bereavement Teleconference, Living With Grief®: Before and After the Death.

Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., M.Div., Bereavement Consultant to Hospice Foundation of America
Dr. Doka discusses the 2007 Living With Grief®book and how these books now stand as an important series on some of the most compelling issues in the field of end-of-life care.

Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., M.Div., Bereavement Consultant to Hospice Foundation of America
Dr. Doka discusses the 2011 Living With Grief® program, Spirituality and End-of-Life Care.

Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., M.Div., Bereavement Consultant to Hospice Foundation of America
Dr. Doka discusses the 2012 Living With Grief® program,  End-of-Life Ethics.

Dr. Richard Fife, Chair, Corporate Ethics Committee, VITAS Healthcare Corp
In an exclusive interview, HFA spoke with Dr. Richard Fife of the VITAS Healthcare Corporation. See the full text of Dr. Fife's comments as he discusses how hospices can develop and train ethics committees; looks at some of the common issues that these committees face; and offers advice for families who are dealing with difficult end-of-life choices.

Robin Fiorelli, Senior Director of Bereavement and Volunteer Services, VITAS Healthcare Corporation
Ms. Fiorelli discusses changes in the field of grief and bereavement and the role of grief staff in assisting families.  She also comments on the support needed for grief staff and the importance of ongoing education in the field.

Kathleen M. Foley, Attending Neurologist in the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Foley talks about the need of effective pain management and tangible ways that this knowledge can be included in physician training, both for practicing doctors and those currently in medical school.

Jeannette Ford, Director of Community Relations, Kansas City Hospice
Ms. Ford has developed a new program utilizing Gloria Thomas Anderson’s booklet, The African-American Spiritual and Ethical Guide to End-of-Life Care.

Pamela Gabbay, M.A., FT, Program Director of the Mourning Star Center for grieving children in Palm Desert, California
Ms. Gabbay discusses helping children cope with loss.

Jack D. Gordon, Chairman of the Board, Hospice Foundation of America, former Florida State Senator
Senator Gordon discusses the history of hospice legislation and the Medicare and Medicaid Hospice Benefits, and how to make sure that legislators understand the importance of hospice care to their community. [Note: Mr. Gordon served as Chairman and CEO of HFA until his death in 2005.]

Jack D. Gordon, Chairman of the Board, Hospice Foundation of America, former Florida State Senator
Senator Gordon discusses some of the societal barriers to good pain management, barriers that exist within the medical profession, and some of the policy issues surrounding this complex subject. [Note: Mr. Gordon served as Chairman and CEO of HFA until his death in 2005.]

Dr. Earl A. Grollman, writer, lecturer, and rabbi, co-author of When Someone You Love Has Alzheimers: The Caregiver's Journey
Rabbi Grollman talks about the development of death from a taboo subject to an issue that is now openly talked about.

Dr. Earl A. Grollman
Rabbi Grollman offers advice to those who have a loved one who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Bryan Harnetiaux
The playwright discusses what inspired him to tackle the issues of death and dying in his cycle of plays, Vesta, Dusk, and Holding On ~ Letting Go.

George R. Kelder, Jr., Executive Vice President of the New Jersey Funeral Service Education Corporation
George Kelder discusses the NJFSEC current advocacy for the networking of allied professionals to assist families in crisis, specifically at the time of death; the model being introduced is called “Knowledge Based Funeral Service.”

Dale Knee, CEO of Covenant Hospice and Jan Jones, CEO of Alive Hospice
While no hurricane has wreaked the havoc of Katrina, we turned to those who have lived through other hurricanes to offer some perspective, and perhaps some hope. Dale Knee, CEO of Covenant Hospice, which serves northwest Florida and southern Alabama, and Jan Jones, CEO of Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee, talked with Amy Tucci, Vice President of Programs for HFA, about hospice disaster preparedness, Hurricane Katrina and efforts to assist Katrina's victims. Jan Jones was CEO of Catholic Hospice in Miami when Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 hurricane, struck the area in August 1993. Dale Knee has led Covenant Hospice through Hurricane Ivan, a Category 3 hurricane in September 2004, and numerous other tropical storms and hurricanes. Both CEOs shared their perspectives on lessons learned.

William Lamers, MD, former Medical Consultant to Hospice Foundation of America
Dr. Lamers, one of the first physicians to develop a hospice program in the United States, illustrates the changes in the history of hospice and end-of-life care and advice on how to obtain medical information.

Claire Lavin, professor of psychology at the College of New Rochelle in Westchester County, New York
A licensed clinical and school psychologist, Lavin works with children and adults with disabilities in facilities and school districts in the greater New York City region. She discusses stereotypes of people with developmental disabilities and end of life issues.

Cherry Meier, MSN, Long Term Care Manager, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Ms. Meier discusses the importance of collaboration between hospices and long-term care settings.

Joseph Miller, Principal, Intermediate School 77 in Ridgewood, NY
Mr. Miller discusses supporting students and staff during crisis and loss.

Dr. Lisa Miller, PharmD, Executive Director of Healthcare Education and Liaison Programs for Purdue Pharma L.P.
Dr. Miller discusses gaps in the area of pain and symptom management.

Kandyce Powell, Executive Director of the Maine Hospice Council & Center for End-of-Life Care
Ms. Powell addresses Hospice-Veteran Partnerships, and the needs of different veteran populations.

Cokie Roberts, ABC News Political Commentator and an NPR Senior News Analyst
Ms. Roberts previously served as the moderator for HFA's annual national Living With Grief video teleconference for 11 years. In this interview, consultant Kenneth Doka speaks with Ms. Roberts about her role in the teleconference, as well as her insights on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

Sandy Chen Stokes, RN, MSN, Executive Director of the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care (CACCC)
Ms. Stokes discusses end-of-life care and addressing diveristy.

Brad Stuart, MD
Dr. Stuart, a panelist on HFA's 2010 teleconference, discusses his work with Sutter VNA and Hospice Care and the AIM (Advanced Illness Management) Program.

Bill Z. Tan, Founder and CEO of Transcendent Endeavors, LLC.
Mr. Tan discusses his company's work to communication challenges in the fields of healthcare and education, specifically their language learning tools.

Nancy Webster, Board President, The Arc of the United States
Ms. Webster shares openly about her family’s experience with grief and loss; gives some ideas to help clinicians offer support during end-of-life situations; and talks more about why The Arc is partnering with HFA on its 2013 fall program, Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Life-Ending Illness, Grief and Loss.

Dr. J. William Worden

Dr. Worden discusses his groundbreaking work as the co-director of Harvard's Child Bereavement Study, based at Massachusetts General Hospital; the changes he has seen in the field since he began the study with co-director Dr. Phyllis Silverman; and creative strategies he has found that can benefit children and adolescents dealing with grief and loss.

The Project on Death in America's Recommendations to Grantmakers
Based on PDIA's nine years of grantmaking and the suggestions of the many grantees interviewed for this report, HFA has compiled the following recommendations to help other grantmakers.